Subsidized Tree Sales Available for ALL Prairie Provinces
Assisted Tree Planting Field Services (Available for Saskatchewan landowners) From homeowners and private business to large forestry companies and government agencies, we don't just sell you the trees and supplies, we offer complete programs from initial consulting on planting plan to full assistance on the day of planting. All you need to do yourself is pre-work the land and have a tractor and driver ready on planting day. HELP provides the trees, tree planter, mulch applicator, plastic mulch, grass broadcaster, harrows and grass seed. HELP's system uses low maintenance plastic mulch and special 'living mulch' grass between and outside of tree rows. This system needs no cultivation, little to no irrigation (except for very dry conditions during establishment year). Twice per year mowing. The grass we use as living mulch is a smooth fine textured bunch grass.
Various Purposes of Planting Trees Are you a homeowner or farmer that simply needs a large shelterbelt that you don't have the manpower to plant yourself? Do you want to plant trees to mitigate or reverse some type of environmental damage such as soil salinity, bio-remediation of sewer pump out, forest effluent filter below livestock operations, or forest filter downgrade from fuel depot? Maybe you are even interested in the possibility of a long-term cash crop or some of the other uses of trees mentioned below.
If you are a member of a municipal government you may be looking for an alternative way to dispose of treated waste water. What about decommissioning your landfill, as so many communities have done? What can you do about the leachates and seepage from your lagoon and landfill that cause contamination of surrounding agricultural land and groundwater sources?
Are you a large forestry company looking for a high-volume supplier of highly developed seedlings to replace those trees you have harvested from your area of operations? We would love to hear from you, as we have the capability to produce large volumes of viable trees in as little as three months.
HELP International has used trees for many applications. They have planted forest filters around landfills at Radville, Halbrite, Stoughton, Buck Lake, and other communities in Saskatchewan. These are the first application of forest caps on landfills in Canada, based on the effective U.S. model.
HELP has planted a forest belt around the sewage lagoon to reverse soil salinity due to seepage at Radville. We also have an eighty acre forest adjacent to Weyburn's primary lagoon. We have also planted woodlots for effluent irrigation at Halbrite, Stoughton, Carievale, and Gull Lake. These are intended for 100% uptake of treated waste water.
Effluent Irrigated Woodlots Why? You ask. Shouldn't waste water just be released into the nearest waterway? A legitimate question, with an answer that would surprise most people. Community and farm waste water contains many contaminants including a high level of nutrients (as well as drugs and chemicals) that have many detrimental effects when released into a lake or stream. We all know that contaminants and drugs are not good in our water sources, but what about the nutrients? Phosphorous, Ammonia and Nitrogen are all part of plant food, which, when discharged into water bodies cause some harmful phenomena. When nitrogen makes contact with water it converts to nitric oxide which starves the water of oxygen causing death of fish and other oxygen dependent organisms. These 'nutrient chemicals' are in essence plant fertilizers that result in thousands of tonnes of algae load in our lakes and rivers. In the case of blue algae, it will begin to form and quite literally poison anything that lives in the water or tries to drink it. As algae blooms die it again requires vast amounts of oxygen during decay that causes a second level of oxygen deprivation of water bodies.
The solution is to put that waste water elsewhere. But where? An effluent irrigated woodlot, of course. A small forest, if you will, planted expressly for the purpose of disposing of what otherwise would become a problem. The trees then become storage vessels of another sort for the pollutants that would otherwise end up in the nearest lake. And the nutrients of course would be beneficial to their growth. In due time, the trees could be cut down as a cash crop and new ones planted in the same area or right adjacent to the old plantation. What better solution to an old problem? This is a no brainer that simply copies what mother nature has been doing with nutrient wastes for four billion years: bio-remediation. The State of Wisconsin for several decades has required that all community household effluent be remediated through land based effluent irrigation woodlots and not be released to waterways as is the norm in our country.
Salinity Reversal Forestation If you have a problem with salinity in certain areas of your agricultural land, trees can help you with this as well. Whether planted as a seepage buffer near a lagoon or landfill, or in a naturally alkaline area elsewhere on your property, trees can not only stop further damage but can reverse the effects by their natural ability to lower the water table so rain can leach the salts back down into the lower soil profile where it originated.
Living Landfill Caps and Surround Buffers Is your community looking for a way to contain environmental pollutants seeping from the landfill? Again trees can be the solution, as has been proven in the U.S. and has now been implemented in Saskatchewan by HELP International. Decommissioned landfills can be covered with a forest cap to stop rainwater and snow run off from leaching contaminants into the underground aquifer (or overland to surface water bodies). Depending on the contaminant, trees metabolize hydrocarbons (fuels and oils) and accumulate other deadly chemicals such as heavy metals (lead, mercury and cadmium). If the landfill is still in use, a buffer can be planted surrounding the area to stop runoff before it leaves the area.
Stream Margin Buffers Picnics, fly fishing, birdwatching... just a few activities that come to mind when you think of a tinkling stream on a summer day. But suppose the nearby waterway on your property is not tinkling so prettily any more? Why is that, you have probably wondered, and may even know already. The slow runoff of silt from nearby fields has filled in much of the old streambed, making it impossible for the once-vibrant wildlife that lived there to survive. But why? The answer is likely obvious enough; many farms have tilled right to the edge of the water, leaving no buffer zone of grass or brush to stop runoff from getting into the waterway. If there is any buffer, it is just a bare strip of vegetation not even a rabbit could hide in. What if you could reverse that damage and turn it into a beautiful recreational site and wildlife refuge? By planting three rows of trees with grass in between, you will stop the silt runoff in its tracks and the stream bed will in a few short years revert to a more natural (and beautiful!) state. For those who are avid hunters or wildlife watchers, this has great appeal, but it is great for anyone who loves outdoor recreation. HELP can assist you to choose tree and shrub varieties that will enhance the specific type of wildlife you wish to attract.
How Much Does this Forestry Program Cost? You may think this program is expensive, but it has such a valuable payoff that the initial cost is well worth spending. There are 550 farms who have planted thousands of trees with HELP in this way; one on the U.S. border at Coronach planted several thousand trees just a few years ago for a two-fold purpose: salinity control and creating a habitat development area. In reality, it is not as expensive as you might think.
For a fully assisted planting, including pre-planting assessment, planning assistance, delivery and installation of trees, plastic mulch, and inter-row living mulch CRF grass installation, the entire cost is just $2.25 per metre, including the cost of trees. HELP International provides all equipment required except the tractor; you must also have someone to drive it. The only extra charge is mileage for our two vehicles. Pre-planting farm assessment is included in the cost for people who take the program. A stand alone 2 to 3 hour farm assessment costs $250 plus milage.
Get it Done! If you or your organization are interested in assisted agroforestry, please do not hesitate to contact us to book your planting, as spaces are very limited for spring and fall!